All posts tagged: USVI

Cruz Bay – St. John

Cruz Bay på St. John er veldig lett tilgjengelig fra St. Thomas. Om du skal på en dagstur tar du bare passasjerferjen fra Red Hook eller Charlotte Amalie. Du kan komme deg rundt på St. John på Safari bussene eller ta bilferjen over om du trenger bil for dagen. Men for bare en dagstur til Cruz Bay trenger du ikke bil. Cruz Bay byr på hvite strender og pastellfargede butikker og hus når du kommer i land. I nærheten av båtterminalen finner du flere restauranter og barer. Spaser ned Wharfside Landing for litt shopping og sightseeing. Stopp på Joe’s Rumhut eller Waterfront Bistro for noe og drikke og litt snacks. Utsikten fra restaurantene er fantastisk! Når du har tråklet gjennom butikkene langs vannkanten i sentrum er det på tide og ta en tur over til Mongoose Junction. På veien over mot Mongoose Junction finner du mange fargerike små hytter med lokale butikker i. St. John er store på lokal kunst og håndlagde artikler. Her finner du garantert et unikt suvenir eller en unik gave. En av våre favoritter for lunch er Sun Dog Café. Denne caféen ligger …

Cruz Bay – St. John

Cruz Bay on St. John is very easy accessible from St. Thomas. If you are going on a day trip you can take the ferry from either Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. You can get around on St. John on the Safari busses or take the car ferry if you need a car. But for just a day in Cruz Bay you don’t really need a car. Cruz Bay welcomes you with a white sandy beach with pastel coloured shops and houses. Close to the docks you will find several bars and restaurants along with cozy and small shops. Take a walk down Wharfside Landing for some shopping. Stop at Joe’s Rumhut or the Waterfront Bistro for some refreshments. The view from the bars and restaurants are great! When you have explored the waterfront shopping and dining it’s time to head over to Mongoose Junction for some more shopping.  Along the road over here you will find several small and bright coloured shops. St. John is great for getting local art and handcrafted items. You will …

På seiltur i Karibien

Etter flere uker her på St. Thomas i Karibien har vi også fått utforsket nærliggende øyer og hatt flere flotte opplevelser. Vi har bl.a. fått være med på to flotte båtturer. Vi har seilt med en katamaran og en stor seilbåt. Katamaranen vi seilte med heter Steppin Up og eies av Bill og Michelle. Bill er kaptein mens Michelle lager alt maten. Den store seilbåten har egen kaptein, Kaptein Richard og kokken, Biggi. Yacht charters er veldig populært her i Karibien og en fantastisk måte og oppleve øyene på! Her får du virkelig en uke med massevis av flotte sights, opplevelser og ikke minst frihet. Yacht charter gir deg utrolig mye om du ønsker en all-inclusive ferie. Mat, drikke, håndklær, vannleker, ja, til og med solkrem får du ombord. Det eneste du må ta med deg selv er badetøy. De fleste båtene er stappet med gøyale leker. På bildet over er Sophia og jeg i full sving på Steppin Up sitt paddleboard. Det var veldig gøy! Sophia var også så heldig at hun fikk prøve …

Sailing on Three Moons

What a great weekend! Memorial Day weekend was very special to us down here on St. Thomas. Saturday we spent most of the day at the beach and on Sunday we were invited by Captain Richard on to the Three Moons. The Three Moons is a 72 ft large monohull sailboat.                                           We started our sail from Water Island. Our goal for the day was Buck Island. (Named after the colonial slave days.) Buck islands were islands where the slave ships would drop of the healthy and strong men before they headed to shore to sell the women and children. There are 17 Buck islands in the Caribbean. Our first stop at Buck Island was Turtle Cove. At Turtle Cove you are almost certain to see turtles. We were very lucky! We got to snorkel with five turtles and two sting rays. The turtles were very friendly! They were so up close and personal that they …

A day out on Steppin Up

On Saturday we had the pleasure of sailing with the Steppin Up. The Steppin Up is a 43″ large catamaran owned by Capt. Bill and Michelle. Bill and Michelle have been doing charters in the Caribbean since 2012. On Saturday we were invited to come with them on a day sail. Saturday morning we sailed off from the marina and headed over to Christmas Cove. Sophia quickly found her favourite spot on the boat. The big trampolines in front was just perfect for relaxing and bird/ fish watching as we sailed out. As we approached Christmas Cove we were all excited to get into the water. Christmas Cove is a favourite for both Bill and Michelle for night snorkelling. It is also a popular “first” stop when they take guests out on a charter. Anchored up in Christmas Cove we are ready to have some fun! Sophia was first in and loved the big float Bill pumped up for her. The Steppin Up is filled with fun toys for the entire family. Sophia also got to …

Karneval!

Karibien blir ofte assosiert med sterke farger og fengende rytmer. Forrige helg var det karneval her på St. Thomas. Da er det flere dager med massevis av farger og musikk. Det er festligheter fra morgen til kveld. Det hele startet med en matfestival på onsdagen. Her var det mye å velge mellom! Vi prøvde en lokal kyllingrett med mai, en form for søtpotetmos og ris med bønner. Det var kjempe godt! Porsjonene er dog veldig store og Øystein, Sophia og jeg delte en porsjon mellom oss. Det er også stort marked under matfestivalen og man får kjøpt lokale produkter fra bøndene på øya her. Både planter, urter, grønnsaker, frukt, egg, honning og “hot sauce” finner du i bodene på markedet. Karnevalet har fokus på lokale tradisjoner og det er mange opptredener med både sang, dans og musikk. “Steel bands” er stort her nede og de karibiske rytmene høres over hele byen under karnevalet. Fredagen er barnas dag med egen barneparade. Barn i alle aldre danser seg over brosteinen i Charlotte Amalie. Lørdagen er har den …

CARNIVAL!

The first weekend of May held the annual St. Thomas Carnival. This is a great festival filled with fun, colors and music from morning until late night. On Wednesday there is a food fair with tons of flavors, Friday is the children’s parade and Saturday is the big day with the adult parade ending with fireworks at Waterfront. The market place is filled up with people, both tourists and locals.There is a lot happening all the time; music, dancing… You really get to see some of the local traditions. The children’s parade is great fun to watch! Look at that head piece! What to eat? Try out some local juices and food! Definitely get a Johnny Cake and some Passion Juice. Eat baked Tamarinds for dessert. When to be there? Go to the food fair on Wednesday around noon. For the Children’s Parade and the adult parade on Friday and Saturday it’s best to be in town around 11.00 am. The carnival village with rides, bars, fast food etc. usually opens around 6 pm every …

Quick guide to St. Thomas

Finally we have a direct connection to Scandinavia. Norwegian did a press release a week ago stating that they will now have direct flights from Scandinavia to both Puerto Rico and St. Croix. We are less than 30 minutes away from both islands (by plane). Prices are as low as NOK 1690,. one way (US $200). St. Thomas – a  quick guide on who, what and where St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the Caribbean with an urban atmosphere. The VI’s capital, Charlotte Amalie, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. From here, you can go anywhere! St. Thomas had something for everyone; world-class shopping, tons of adventures to explore, for the sports-minded, St. Thomas is well known for its world-class yachting and sport fishing, and welcomes golfers to Mahogany Run Course. Where to stay? St. Thomas offers a varity of hotels, villas and condos! Endure in five star luxury at one of the big resorts, or rent your own villa with …

Day trip to the BVIs

While we’re still looking thru memories… This was one of our best days down here on vacation last year. Our last day on St. Thomas last summer we spent on a day trip to the BVIs. We boareded the Bad Kitty (day charter) in Red Hook and headed over to St. John to pick up more passengers. This gave us a great view of St. Thomas and St. John. Our first stop was Spanish Town at Virgin Gorda. Here we checked in with the BVI customs. Then we headed over to the Baths on the south tip of the Virgin Gorda. We started our walk through the impressive geological formation.   The sights were amazing. And the water so clear! After seeing the Baths we headed over to Scrub Island for some lunch and relaxing. After some “fuel” we were ready to go snorkeling. We stopped next to Norman Island for some fabulous under the sea reef views. This was great fun for all of us. Our last stop was Jost van Dyke and Soggy Dollar …